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Harmony asks Supreme Court to cancel election results in Latgale

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Friday, October 24th, Harmony party appealed the Central Election Commission’s approved results, asking to completely cancel election results in Latgale, as reported by Saeima deputy Andrejs Elksniņš.

The party has asked the court to declare ballots on which all names of candidates except that of Dzintars Zaķis have been crossed out and the ballots on which Zaķis has received a plus next to his name.

Harmony has also asked the court to order CEC to review all ballots that had been declared invalid in the 12th Saeima elections in Latgale and carry out changes to results of the recent elections in regard to Unity and other parties.

In its application to SC, Harmony notes mentions the recent reports in the media in relation to possible vote-buying in Latvia and several witnesses to this, which may serve as proof of there being acts of vote-buying in this region of Latvia.

The political party has also requested Unity politician Zaķis to be called in for interrogation, said Elksniņš. He noted that it is unknown what Zaķis can testify. At the saime time, the politician has the right to refuse to testify at all.

It is stated in Harmony’s announcement to mass media that ‘specialists have collected a wide range of evidence about a possible act of vote-buying being conducted in favour of Unity in at least 20 election sites with more than 2,000 votes’.

As previously reported, CEC has approved the final results of 12th Saeima elections.

Harmony earned the most seats in the 12th Saeima elections – 24. Unity gained 23, Unity of Greens and Farmers – 21 and National Alliance gained 17. Latvian Regional Alliance gained a total of 8 seats and To Latvia From the Heart gained seven.

As previously reported, Latvian Security Police has launched several criminal processes in relation to possible vote-buying breaches during the recent parliamentary elections.


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  1. MBI says:

    I am a firm supporter of Samuel P. Huntington’s political theory of ”The Clash of Civilizations”. And Russia simply is not part of the ”Western Civilization”, whereas the Baltic States are. So the entire political program of Harmony is undermining the Western cultural heritage and identity of Latvia. Mr. Usakovs has to ask himself and make a choice which civilization he wants to be a part of, because otherwise all he and his party are doing is create conflict and animosity. Why doesn’t Mr. Usakovs move to Russia and live there for a couple of years and see how he likes the Orthodox culture and civilization?
    The West has a distinct set of cultural values and traditions, which are simply not compatible with Orthodox(Russian) values and traditions. I am aware that this might not be ”politically correct”, but I believe we seriously need to look at and consider Samuel P. Huntington’s research and realize that Russian immigrants in Latvia can only remain peacefully in Latvia, if they assimilate and integrate properly, by learning the language and studying the traditions and values of Latvia and the West. We have the same problem in Germany with Turkish and other Muslim immigrants, and if they do not adapt to and embrace our common Western culture, language, etc., they won’t be welcome or happy in the West and it will create not just a clash of civilizations, but a war of civilizations and I want to avoid this. I think we can live peacefully next to each other, but we need to realize that there is a substantial difference in our cultures and worldviews.

    • Linda says:

      Have you read “Russia and the Idea of Europe” co-edited by Iver Neumann and someone else whom I can’t remember. Good read regarding Russia’s idea of place in Europe and Asia. Clash of Civilisations was widely believed to be offering a substitute for the ending of the Cold War ie West versus ?whomever presumed to be Muslims and other non Western religious groupings. Agree that Baltics firmly Western but Finland and Estonia have sister tribes in current structure of Russian Federation so can straddle the divide.

  2. Brian says:

    There should be no political party in Latvia that supports Russia.

    There should be no political party in Latvia that does not strongly oppose Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine.

    The Harmony Party has no place in Latvia, as it is just a mouthpiece for Putin.

    The Harmony Party is not a political party that wishes to advance the sovereignty of Latvia.

  3. MBI says:

    Thank you very much for the book recommendation, Linda. No I have not read it, but I skimmed through some summaries of the book.

    Where would you put Aleksandr Dugin in this debate/context?

    I feel he is neither romantic nationalist, nor Bolshevik.

    To me he is Orthodox, which is a classification on/to its own.

    This why I feel Huntington’s classification of ”Orthodox Civilization”, with its power center in Moscow, is so accurate today and was so prophetic then.

    Czarism, probably comes closest to Orthodoxy, but I don’t think we see a complete Czarist revival in Russia today. Many scholars call the current system ”Putinism”, but I feel it is actually more a form of ”FSB-ism”, with Putin as the temporary steward of this system/hierarchy.

    But even after the fall or recycle of ”FSB-ism” I think Orthodoxy will remain prevalent in Russia, and that is why I feel that ”The Clash of Civilizations” can give us the most accurate forecast and ultimately the most effective guidance how to deal with Russia and the Orthodox Civilizations now and into the future.

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